2015 Team Project PepsiCo

The Challenge:
PepsiCo has been making continuous changes to its warehousing footprint by purchasing independent warehouses and consolidating existing locations. Most of these warehouses are not optimized for space utilization. The current warehouse capacity analysis process at PepsiCo only provides visibility into past space related constraints. This project primarily focuses on providing PepsiCo ability to identify future capacity constraints at warehouses by utilizing planning data.
Read their team project results here.
Student Team:
Divi Lavanya – Master of Supply Chain Management
Tanu Sharma – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
Greg Genser – Senior Analyst Supply Chain
Erika Lewis – Senior Director Supply Chain Strategy
Faculty Advisors:
Marina A. Epelman – College of Engineering
Amitabh Sinha – Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 PepsiCo Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Lavanya Divi at PepsiCo